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Today I went and picked my Hydra kit up from the Depot in town and was pleased with how fast it got here . So thanks to the people at Semroc !

Right .... I'm going to post a step by step review of the kit process ( this may take some time ) , and I will add modifications that may be needed to keep this bird stable. Heres a few pics I took earlier ;)
This is strait out of the box.
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All the parts nice and neat.
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All the parts out of the bag
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The laser-cut fin sheets.
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The nosecones :D great quality! Might seem a little 'fuzzy' but nothing a little sanding & sealing wont fix ;)
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The superb quality bodytubes.
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The small parts which are : Eyelet , 7 Thrust Rings , 1 launch lug , 2 Elastic ShockCords , 1 Kevlar thread. Also the Decals & info decal
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And finaly the Parachutes.
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I've put 3 coats of Sanding Sealer onto every balsa part in this kit , apart from the coupler. They look realy shiny and smooth , lookin' good :p
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The largest nosecone.
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And one of the small nosecones.
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Heres some major updates :
Marking up the dowel into 3 3" legnths.
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Cutting the Dowel using the Razor saw , again slowly......
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Ready to clean up.....
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Heres the Main Argumentor fins , cleaned with the air-compressor to get rid of any dust , then put in a bag to keep 'um that way. The pic includes the Double/Bubble Epoxy from Dbarrm , thanks ! :D Ohh and the dowel.
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The dowel glued to the fins using Thick CA.
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Putting beads of CA along the root edge.
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2 Fins CA'd .
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All of the fins CA'd to the Argumentor tube.
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A little mod to stop the Coupler from getting burnt again......
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Sticking the Copper tape to the coupler , the side where the Screw Eye goes.
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Right now to mask up the tube & fins for the fillet.
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Mixing up the Double Bubble epoxy.
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And the finished fillet :p They look nice!
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Karl is turing into Carl!!! :eek:


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Looks good!


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Thanks WiK :D

Well here we are , a batch of pictures from todays build :) Quite some work was done today!
Heres the small mod I put on the bottom of the nosecones after they where cut in half . This is to stop the ejection charges from burning them hopefully.
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Heres the first 2 motor tubes being CA'd together , the copper tape should absorb the heat from the motors.
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And the next tube is glued on....
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Now 4 tubes......
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